Bolinao is a #3rd class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It has a population of 69,568 people in 12, 182 households according to the latest census.

Folk etymology the attributes the name "Bolinao" on this remote fishing enclave from the fish piece "Monamon" but commonly called "Bolinao" by the Tagalogs, Bicolanos, and Visayans. There is a theory also points out that once upon a time "pamulinawen" tress grew luxuriantly along its shores thus, the Ilocano migrants who crossed the Lingayen Gulf named it phonetically similar to the name of the tree. But nowadays, such tree does not exist anymore. Legend, also relates that during the time of Spanish era, a lovely lass nicknamed "Anao" live at the present site of the town proper. She used to bathe leisurely for hours under the Boli-Bolinao tree, where a chieftain's son who lived across the channel saw her and then wooed. An early marriage ensued but with the condition, among others, that the seat of the chieftain's government be moved to that place where Anao lived.There they are were to stay rulers hence, the name of Bolinao, Boli-Bolinao and Anao.

Most people, generally understand and speak English. They can speak Pangasinan, but they have their own unique language called Bolinao; Brought in by Sambal settlers during colonial rule.

Bolinao Pangasinan is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.

  • Arnedo

  • Balingasay

  • Binabalian

  • Cabuyao

  • Catuday

  • Catungi

  • Concordia(Pob.)

  • Culang

  • Dewey

  • Estanza

  • Germinal(pob.)

  • Goyoden

  • Ilog-Malino

  • Lambes

  • Liwa-Liwa

  • Lucero

  • Luciente 1.0

  • Luciente 2.0

  • Luna

  • Patar

  • Pilar

  • Salud

  • Samang Norte

  • Samang Sur

  • Sampaloc

  • San Roque

  • Tara

  • Tupa

  • Victory

  • Zaragoza

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It is accessible by all kinds of land transportation. Buses and Van are the most common type of transportation that carry passengers in and out of the municipality via the Camiling Tarlac road.


The Cape Bolinao Lighthouse is located at Brgy: Patar Bolinao Pangasinan rises majestically 351 feet above sea level atop punta piedra point; a towering hill of solid rock which is the sharp point of cape Bolinao itself.

It has 140-steps winding stairway of the tower leads to the illumination room and the lantern is visible 44 kilometers away.
The late Bolinao historian Catalino Catanaoan said the original light machine was manufactured in England, while the lantern, with three wicks and chimneys, was imported from France.

Presently it is more than a hundred years old. It is one of the five major lighthouses in the country and the second tallest, next to the Cape Bojeador lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It has become a prominent landmark that tourist’s frequent and guiding ships and vessels cruising the international passage along the South China Sea.

In 1999, the lighthouse was renovated through a loan package extended by the Japanese government to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), which is in charge of the facility. Aside from repairing and repainting the tower, they also included the assistance such as setting up solar panels, a new apparatus and two beacon lights.

The lighthouse was fueled by kerosene during its first 80 years of operation. When the Pangasinan I Electric Cooperative extended its lines to Patar, the lanterns were powered by electricity.Presently the management of the said Lighthouse was turned over to the government of Bolinao.

Election 2010 results - Bolinao Pangasinan

Last may 2010, Filipino experience the first ever automated election here in Philippines.This is a very significant milestone in our country’s history given those long years of tedious manual election process that not only gives burden to our teachers and volunteers, but has also left doubtful and questionable election results.
Through the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan System) machine, an automatic counting of votes will take place. This won’t only make the task of our teachers lighter, but would also lessen massive cheating during election.

The Municipal Board of Canvassers has proclaimed the following winners of the 10 May 2010 elections.

Congratulations to all newly elected/re-elected municipal officials!


Resorts & Hotel in Bolinao Pangasinan

These are some Resorts/ Hotel/ INNS in Bolinao where you could stay while enjoying the beauty of the said town. There are so many choices that you can choose from. Resorts amenities are good.Most resorts in Bolinao have a swimming pools, mini- zoo, kayak rentals,floating house rentals, and boat rentals and venue rentals for wedding, corporate retreats and corporate meeting, etc.Resorts & Hotels contact number are listed below:

Some of the Resorts/ Hotel/ INNS in Bolinao, pangasinan

Resorts & Hotel Contact Number

Punta Riviera Beach Resort +(637)56961350
EL Pescador Hotel & Restaurants (075) 554-2559
Treasure of Bolinao Beach Resort
Puerto del Sol Beach Resort +(632)6378963
Villa Carolina +639216983340 or +639273362827
Rock Garden Beach Resort & Restaurants (075) 554-2876 or 09204139272
Coco Beach Resort +639102407698
Dutch Beach Resort
Bing's Beach Resort +639282477501

La Taverna de Orlanda +639218102515
Villa Solidad +639178350654

The way of Transportation going to Bolinao Pangasinan

Five Star Bus Pasay / Cubao to Bolinao vice versa +6328525068
Dagupan Bus Cubao to Bolinao vice versa +6327272330
victory Liner Pasay / Cubao to Bolinao vice versa +6327274688

The Story of Bolinao 52

One boat with 110 passengers escaped from Vietnam after 37 days of drifting, only 52 survived…

The story of the Bolinao 52 is like a horror stories of the darkness troubled experience of 110 passengers escaped from Vietnam. After five years living under the new communist government, they have no choice but to leave. They lost their home, their way of living and their identity. After many failed attempts, and even a period of detention, they braved the seas to find a new home. By using a small wooden boat, 110 people across the South China Sea. Putting their lives at risk until their boat was eventually rescued by USS long Beach of the Navy on April 29 1980.
The movie is a true to life story. While they doing the movie, Tung Trinh, the Bolinao 52 survivor and her son Lam Phan return to Bolinao, to find their rescuers and express their gratitude for saving their life. One of the rescuers was Mr. Carlos Cagusaan( a residence of Bolinao). While fishing along the coast of the Philippines, Carlos “Caloy” Cagusaan and his friend found the Bolinao 52. They took turns rescuing the survivors and brought them to the town of bolinao. This movie won of 2 Regional Emmy Awards (Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Music Composition.

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